The five core subjects are political theory and history of ideas, comparative politics, Austrian politics, international politics and politics of the European Union. The setting of focus in political science consists of a focus subject I in which students also have to write their master’s thesis in addition to completing the required courses, and a focus subject II in which students have to complete two courses in the chosen core subject. This means that students have to choose two of the five core subjects as focus subjects. In all core subjects that students have not chosen as focus subjects they have to complete one course each. A study period abroad is recommended since the aim is to promote specialist education in a foreign language. The master’s examination, which takes place in the form of an oral examination before a panel, completes the master’s programme.